As part of our plans to refocus our business we have been working on a number of website changes including the name of our site. These have now been implemented. This article provides readers with an overview of these website changes and the rationale behind them.
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One of the biggest changes is that our photography blog now has a new name and internet address. The new name, ‘Small Sensor Photography by Thomas Stirr’ and its related internet address (https://smallsensorphotography.com), identifies this website as one that focuses on photography done with smaller sensor cameras. Internet traffic that was following our previous website name ‘Thomas Stirr Photography’ through its internet address, will be automatically redirected to our new website.
In terms of our positioning in the plethora of photography blogs on the internet, our new website name will make things clear. All of the photographs that will be featured here in the future will have been captured with smaller sensor cameras. In the case of our photography this will include Micro Four-Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm), 1” (13.2 x 8.8 mm) and 1/2.3” (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor cameras.
With the current full frame camera craze by manufacturers and the photography media, we thought it was important to let people know what to expect when they visit our website. We won’t be writing articles about the latest and greatest full frame cameras. Or doing any formal reviews and comparisons of this type of camera gear. Nor we will be pixel peeping to compare minute differences in image quality between mega-pixel behemoths.
Producing this type of content requires a very specific skill set and a high level of technical knowledge. Other photography blogs such as Mirrorless Comparison do a far better job creating this type of specialized content than we ever could.
Our intent with this photography blog has always been to encourage people to get the most out of the camera gear that they currently own. Along the way we may have also provided readers with some inspiration to grab their camera gear more frequently and create some images.
We plan to be out and about regularly with our smaller sensor camera gear. Experimenting. Creating. Having fun. Sharing our experiences and our images with readers. Celebrating the creative joy that is photography with them.
During the past number of weeks, we did some work with our website that goes beyond just the name change. Some of the older content has been removed… 141 postings to be exact. This includes many old gear reviews, market statistics updates, and many old postings with images captured with full frame camera gear.
Since I have not used a full frame camera for over 4 years, I saw little purpose in retaining those old articles. Especially given our focus on using smaller sensor cameras for the work that we do. Some of my older articles that featured images captured with full frame gear dealt with photography technique. Those postings have been retained.
We know that many people own a range of camera equipment. They frequently use different camera formats depending on subject matter, lighting and other considerations. Often photographers seek out information based on the specific camera gear format that they use. For example, many of our current readers own Nikon 1 camera gear and have a high interest level in articles featuring this system.
Our old website was not set up in a way that made it easy for readers to search for articles that were produced with cameras of a specific sensor size. While the overall appearance of our website looks pretty much the same, we have made an important addition to the content index. This is located on the right-hand side of the website.
You will notice a new section called ‘Articles by Sensor Size’. Below that you will find four search options. One option is 1/2.3” sensor (6.17 x 4.55 mm). This is a common point and shoot camera sensor size. Anther option is 1” Sensor (13.2 x 8.8 mm) which is the sensor size used by Nikon 1 and some bridge cameras. A third option is Micro Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm), the sensor size found in many Olympus and Panasonic cameras. The last option is called Combination of sensors. This is used for articles produced with a mix of different sensor sized cameras.
This new feature allows readers to simply click on the camera sensor size in which they have an interest in order to view all of the related articles.
With our previous website it was very difficult for a reader to find all of the articles that pertained to a particular sensor sized camera. For example our many readers who own Nikon 1 gear would have needed to search through numerous subject headings. Now with one click on the 1″ Sensor (13.2 x 8,8 mm) listing in the content index, they will be able to get an immediate listing of the 383 articles on this website that are specific to Nikon 1 cameras. I imagine this represents the largest repository of Nikon 1 articles located on one website anywhere on the internet.
Concurrent with our switch over to a new website name, our photography blog has been moved to a faster and better connected server. We have also adjusted the image sizing on the new website so readers will not have to scroll to see the entire photograph when it is enlarged. This should help improve the viewing experience for our readers. Our website changes will also make eBook purchase downloads faster and more reliable. You may also notice faster navigation on the website.
As you can imagine running a photography blog that features many hundreds of articles and thousands of images consumes a lot of server resources. Moving a website of the size and complexity of this one, was no easy task. Our long-time webmaster did a terrific job with this challenge. If any of you are contemplating making a webmaster or hosting change and would like the contact information of our webmaster, send me an email and I will be pleased to provide it to you.
To all of the readers that have been following this blog for the past number of years we thank you for your support! We deeply appreciate the time that you spend here. The feedback and comments you provide on specific articles. And, the financial support for our work that comes from your donations, and through your purchases of our eBooks.
From day one our photography blog has been advertising free… and it will remain that way in the future. Other photography sites are becoming increasingly clogged up with advertising and disruptive pop-ups. Some of them are now so overwhelmed with advertising messages, it is difficult to actually find the editorial content on them. In our view these things take away significantly from a positive viewing experience for readers.
Our website will maintain its clean appearance as we continue to forgo advertising revenues, along with all of the clutter and disruption that comes along with it. Relying instead on the patronage of our readers.
We have been blessed with thoughtful, engaged and loyal readers. To ensure that your readership experience here remains professional and respectful, we will continue to monitor all comments posted on the website. We will never allow our readers to be subjected to aggressive and mean-spirited comments from others. Nor will we permit comments of a blatantly commercial nature that try to pass themselves off as legitimate reader comments.
Changing the name of our website will make things clear in terms of the camera gear that we use for our work. It does not change our operating philosophy, or our intent to provide a visually pleasing, safe and welcoming environment for our readers.
All photographs in this article were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All of the photographs displayed in this article were produced from RAW files using my standard post processing approach.
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